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Images of the Day
High Art: This Woman Climbs Skyscrapers & Takes Dizzying Photos Of Herself
January 31, 2013
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First and foremost, we don't recommend trying this at home. Or anywhere else.

And if you have a real fear of heights, this might mess with your head. And your stomach - especially if you stare at them long enough.

These photos are from a South Korean artist named Ahn Jun, pretty much hanging out high above the streets of Seoul, Hong Kong and New York City - from the tallest buildings she could find.

And we do mean hanging - with her feet over the edge of a skyscraper or half her body out hanging out a window.


Oh and just for good measure, throw in a running on the ledge shot and a balancing on the window ledge snap.


Ahn Jun takes hundreds of photos using self-timers, then picks the best ones where she "looks peaceful or aggressive, not fearful".

Sometimes, she wears a harness but says the pictures are 100% authentic.

"People always ask whether the images are real and in all these pictures I was actually there, not photoshopped," she told the British paper The Mirror. "Of course, it is not a safe situation. But I always try to be careful."

"I have never been brave. It is a matter of overcoming the fear."


She started taking these shots four years ago and has climbed 14 skyscrapers in all - without anyone below really noticing.

"I only saw people notice me on two occasions," she said.

"The first time, a lady was just staring up at me. The second time, a family who were having BBQ party at the rooftop of the building beside my window saw me."


You can check out more of her work on The Guardian's website and her website

Update: Commenter Michael R. Barrick pointed out some similar photographs taken about ten years ago in Beijing by artist Li Wei.

Here's one of those shots - it's called '29 Levels of Freedom' and it's from 2003.


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